Wendy Luxton has been a Freelance Presenter at Falklands Radio since February 2018. She has been working for the last 38 years, starting out as a teleprinter operator at Cable & Wireless but moved into administration, working mainly within Falkland Islands Government departments but spent about six years in the private sector. She has also been a chambermaid, worked in a plastic factory and had a go at being a dental nurse as well as working with the elderly and young.
Wendy hopes to grow old presenting at Falklands Radio adding that this is the “first time in my life that I’ve worked a full year and am still loving every day”. As a result, you can join Wendy on any of the following shows; ‘The Morning Show’ on weekdays from 10:00 to 12:00, occasionally ‘Solid Rock’ on a Tuesday from 19:00 and 20:00, every other week on the ‘Best Of’ on Thursdays from 19:00 to 20:00 and finally every other week she presents ‘Saturday Classics’ from 12:00 to 13:00.
Wendy is a very active person who enjoys running, getting out in nature and taking walks along the beach or coastline. She enjoys swimming and dancing and has been known to enjoy watching sports, so long as it doesn’t involve ‘armchair experts’. The Olympics and athletics in particular are her favourites sports to view. When asked about her interests, Wendy said “There’s a little chef in me – I own over 100 recipe books! I’m also into nutrition in a big way. It’s very important to me.”
She is also an active member of Team Tranquil, which is a Mental Health Awareness Charity.
Mark Nightingale has been a Freelance Presenter at Falklands Radio since October 2018. You can join him for Sunday Night in with Mark from 20:00 to 22:00. Mark is also a Sports Development Officer for the Falkland Islands Overseas Games Association and a Local Tour Guide.
Mark is a Leicester Alumni which he reckons is a “posh way of saying I just about got through a degree!”. When asked about his family, he told me that he has ‘trouble and strife’ and two young ‘bin lids’. He’s a Londoner, as if the rhyming slang didn’t give it away!
Along with music, sports are a favourite subject. You name it, he’s given it a go! Mark participates in football, swimming, triathlon and running. He also enjoys watching sports, so long as it’s not formula one.
He enjoys listening to any music that is guitar based, although he has maintained that he is very broadminded in his music taste. Favourite artists would have to include Led Zeppelin, Stone Roses and Neil Young. Mark plans to keep sharing great music with people in the future.
Traighana Smith has been a Freelance Presenter at Falklands Radio since March 2019. She has a background in film and television and has worked in various jobs in Scotland, Canada and most recently, the Falkland Islands.
Documentaries and independent films are both passions of Traighana’s – watching and making them. She especially loves choosing music to accompany scenes as well as watching something that makes use of an emotive soundtrack. This is where her love for film and TV scores has come from and is how she finds new bands to listen to.
Traighana genuinely has an eclectic taste in music which has evolved over the years. She’s a big fan of 60s music, classic rock, electronica, folk and indie. But ultimately, she always relies on her old favourite of alternative pop/punk, which comes in handy when presenting ‘Solid Rock’ on a Tuesday from 19:00 to 20:00.
She says to “listen out for me on Falklands Radio News as soon as I win over Gavin and Nick on the news team!”
Nigel Dodd has been a Freelance Presenter at Falklands Radio since January 2019. His last position was that of Office Administrator in the Falkland Islands Government Housing Department.
Originally from Wimborne in Dorset, Nigel now lives in Stanley with his wife. Together they have a son and a daughter. He has O-Levels in Maths, English Language and French.
Nigel can turn his hand to most shows and because of this talent, he is one of our presenters who covers a vast range of shows, from the Morning Experience, the Early Evening Show, the Afternoon Show as well as Saturday Classics.
Nigel enjoys listening to “oldies” and when asked about his plans for the future, he told me that he wishes to live as long as he can to annoy his offspring!